Taking Preventive Care Measures at North Oakville Dental
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at a patients' initial dental visit. Regular exams will include the following:
Examination of Diagnostic X-Rays: Needed for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions for procedures such as implants.
Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. This is a must for prevention.
Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.
Examination of Existing Restorations: Check current fillings, crowns etc. for either chipping, cracking and other possible damage.
Dental cleanings include the following:
Removal of Calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line.
Removal of Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins or poisons that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease and should be addressed immediately.
Teeth Polishing: Remove stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. If your teeth cannot be polished to your satisfaction, ask about teeth whitening.